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Prescott's Paige places 3rd at Wherley Invite

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br>Prescott’s Simon Paige leads a pack of runners up a hill Saturday afternoon during the 41st Ray Wherley Invitational cross country meet at Embry-Riddle in Prescott. Paige placed third overall out of 228 runners.

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br>Prescott’s Simon Paige leads a pack of runners up a hill Saturday afternoon during the 41st Ray Wherley Invitational cross country meet at Embry-Riddle in Prescott. Paige placed third overall out of 228 runners.

The biggest field ever - in the 41-year history of the event - descended on Embry-Riddle Saturday morning for the annual Ray Wherley high school cross country invitational.

Prescott, the event host, saw its boys and girls' squads finish strongly in fourth place among the 12 Division 2 teams on hand. In all, the event drew more than 35 teams and 1,000 runners in what PHS head coach Clark Tenney called "easily our most competitive field ever."

The Badgers' Jordan Twombly-Ellis and Simon Paige each bested their times from last year by 15 and 16 seconds, respectively. Simon placed third overall (16:39.18) out of 228 seeded runners in his best cross country 5K.

Bradshaw Mountain saw its No. 1 runner, Hannah Madler, place 13th overall with a time of 17:49. In the boys' No. 1 race, the Bears' Saul Martinez took 25th overall (18:52).